The sheer wealth of art and culture in Florence is impossible to condense into a short trip, as everywhere you look there is something to see. It is therefore unsurprising that Florence contains around one third of the world’s most important artworks.
The birthplace of the Renaissance movement is surrounded by the Chianti Hills, and also has the river Arno running through it. The top of the Cathedral in the Piazza del Duomo offers views over the city; you can also visit the Cathedral museum and the see the bronze doors of the Battistero, or baptistery.
There are countless monuments to view by the Piazza della Signoria, as well as the palaces – the Palazzo della Signoria (Palace of the Lords), and the Palazzo Vechio (Old Palace). The Uffizi Gallery, on the same square, is home to a huge selection of artworks filling 35 different rooms.
More art can be viewed at the Galleria dell’Accademia, including Michelangelo’s David. A little like the Louvre’s Mona Lisa, crowds turn up in their droves to see this famous painting. To get there you can take buses 1, 6 or 33. Michelangelo is now buried in the grounds of the beautiful Santa Croce Francisan church, as is Dante. To visit, take bus C 14, or the 23.
The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) dates back to the 14th century, and is the only bridge in the city that survived the Nazi bombing. There are now many gold and silversmiths plying their trade along here.